It occurred to me after the last post that I kinda let the cat out of the bag on one of my previously unpublished additions to the Birding Life List. If you recall I mentioned my brother Ron and I had taken a trip down to Emiquon in Havana IL to snap a few shots of the Black-Crowned Night-Heron for his list – the implication was I did not need that particular bird for mine. Well, that was actually true because I had the privilege to shoot one at the Denver Botanical Zoo a few years back.
Now technically I did post what I believe to be the Juvi of this species back in 2013 (link here), but truthfully, the Juvis just do not convey how cool looking these birds are. All that newbie brown gives way to a stunning display of color from the gray, black and white that dominate the body colors down to the haunting blood-red eyes. Since I knew the adult was in the tin, I went ahead and counted it in my Birding Life List – it was actually already on the List Gallery along with the Juvi. I snuck one in on you.
Hit the jump to read and see a bit more of this majestic bird.